Francis Lawrence (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This diluted but visually arresting adaptation of the comic book Hellblazer stars Keanu Reeves as chain-smoking John Constantine, a cancer-ridden exorcist who's condemned to save souls and take on all manner of vile demons on Earth. Rachel Weisz co-stars as a police detective who teams up with Constantine after her apparently deranged twin sister (also played by Weisz) takes a swan dive off a high ledge. Much muttering follows about portals between heaven and Earth, the struggle between good and evil, and there's some silliness involving a relic that's found in the Mexican desert wrapped in a Nazi flag. Ultimately, the script feels like little more than sticky tape holding together the visual effects, but they're very impressive effects indeed, indicating that former pop-video director Francis Lawrence definitely has an eye, if not yet a lick of storytelling sense. And Tilda Swinton is utterly delicious as an androgynous angel.


Exorcist John Constantine is cursed with the ability to see spirits stalking the Earth, and grudgingly takes on the forces of evil, hoping his actions will earn him a place in heaven. However, he is told he has terminal cancer and time for salvation is running out - unless a policewoman investigating her twin sister's death can find the key to saving his soul. Supernatural thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton.

Cast & Crew

John Constantine Keanu Reeves
Angela Dodson Rachel Weisz
Gabriel Tilda Swinton
Midnite Djimon Hounsou
Satan Peter Stormare
Chas Kramer Shia LaBeouf
Balthazar Gavin Rossdale
Father Hennessy Pruitt Taylor Vince
Beeman Max Baker
Det Weiss Jose Zuniga
Director Francis Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray